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Counseling Works Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

I am the Supervising Psychotherapist of a private practice located in downtown Santa Cruz, including 4 therapists - myself, Shana Trinchero, Goeff Ashmun and Judy Patton. We share about 31 years of experience. We all offer caring, responsive, effective psychotherapy, counseling and life and career coaching. covering among other issues — depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, distress in couple’ relationships and child-parent/family relationships, as well as the challenges of jobs, bosses, workmates, friendships, parents, and elder care taking. Within our individual personal “styles” of therapy, we all use, at various times during the therapy, a whole variety of approaches and interventions included under such terms as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness among many others. We all resolve Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder using EMDR (Google that for details) to reduce the impact of upsetting memories of mistreatment and negligence that took place in your childhood and adult life, including such rough experiences as verbal, sexual or physical abuse. We all have experience also working with the challenges of alcohol, drug and other addictions, and three of us have working in jails, so we are used to dealing with humans who have many issues to deal with at once. No one likes being overwhelmed! The most important thing for clients to note is that research shows that the schooling, theoretical approach, and even experience of the therapist all have far less impact in creating a good outcome than the personal relationship you have with the therapist. So we invite you to meet us, and make sure that you feel that the counselor you choose is someone who “gets” you, and you feel that you “get” her or him. If you don’t develop that confidence by the end of the second session, we will be happy to refer you to a colleague, and we know, you need to get the relief you’re seeking, without doubt!

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What do you love most about your job?

Psychotherapy is by far the least boring thing one can do, and at the same time one of the most caring services one can offer another person. We meet the person “where they are” with whatever personality they have and issues that are troubling her or him — so the client can feel completely free in the session to express and be just who they are, without feeling any judgment or fear. Many people have hardly ever really been seen or heard, so at the very least, we must be great listeners, who will make you feel validated and understood. Beyond that, we have a responsibility to help you confront the tough contradictions, confusions and neurotic patterns that plague you (ad all of us) and sometimes that will mean that you will be grateful that from time to time, we “take you on”
and help you face some things within yourself that you’ve avoided facing in the past, but that’s often how growth and healing happens. One of our slogans is “The only way out is through” and that’s one thing we love about the healing process — that if it’s done with care and courage, including facing the tough stuff, such as your own mistakes in a marriage or relationship (not just your partners!), or opportunities you’ve missed seeing in your own life, work and friendship circle, we know we can help you find ways to move forward with a whole bunch of new vision, courage, ease, joy, fun and creativity. There are SO many things
we all love about this kind of work, and we can’t imagine doing anything else with our hearts and minds, except helping you heal in body, heart, mind and spirit.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Frankly, I was very, very, very tired of dealing with uninspiring and often incompetent supervisors in my prior work in a county mental health agency up in Butte County (Chico/Oroville/Paradise) where I worked for way too long a time (18 years). After leading a reform effort to improve the agency, which largely succeeded, I realized it had always been to hot up there, and I chose to “retire” to the wonderful beach-coast of Santa Cruz, where I’d actually lived earlier in my life. Furthermore, though I’ve never taught therapy in a master’s program, I knew I’d enjoy passing on some wisdom and consulting with smart colleagues such as my three great Associates, Shana, Geoff and Judy.

Why should our clients choose you?

Clients should choose us because we’re deeply caring, honest, bright, self-aware, fairly humble and quite insightful people. We all do a pretty great job of communicating with our clients, not just in words, but in attitude, and hearing them out, so it is very unlikely you will feel ignored, talked down to or mistreated due to arrogance. Besides, we all have pretty good senses of humor, so our sessions include some skiing, laughing and joy, as well as solace and support for all those “heavy” moments of sharing deep and vulnerable stuff. Finally, we all also have fairly rich spiritual lives, so we can invite your spirituality to express itself along with your psyche and unique personality.

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What are your counseling needs?

Building confidence and esteem, Changing negative habit, Dealing with stress or depression, Figuring out life direction, Help with relationships, Improving communication

Do you have a preference for the counselor's gender?

No preference

Is this service for you?

Yes, this is for me

How far are you willing to travel?

I want the counselor to come to me

Which day(s) are you available for counseling?

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Which time(s) are you available for counseling?

Late afternoon (3-6pm), Evening (after 6pm)

Which type(s) of counseling would you consider?

Face to Face

What are your counseling needs?

Changing negative habit

Do you have a preference for the counselor's gender?

No preference

Is this service for you?

Yes, this is for me

How far are you willing to travel?

I want the counselor to come to me

Which day(s) are you available for counseling?

Any day is fine

Which time(s) are you available for counseling?

Any time is fine

Which type(s) of counseling would you consider?

Face to Face

What are your counseling needs?

Building confidence and esteem, Changing negative habit, Dealing with stress or depression, Figuring out life direction, Improving communication, Resolving trauma

Do you have a preference for the counselor's gender?

Female

Is this service for you?

Yes, this is for me

How far are you willing to travel?

I want to interact on the web/phone/skype

Which day(s) are you available for counseling?

Any day is fine

Which time(s) are you available for counseling?

Late afternoon (3-6pm)

Which type(s) of counseling would you consider?

Face to Face, Online counseling e.g. web chat, Skype, Phone counseling

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